It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, which means it’s time to get our beach and poolside wardrobes ready. Luckily for us, the Hong Kong summer lasts for about six months – perfect excuse to get a few pieces of swimwear on rotation during the season.
Since our last Swimwear Shopping Guide and Guide to Swimwear Designers, we’ve discovered a whole host of new and old labels jumping into swimwear. Make a splash with this swimwear shopping guide for 2016.
Central & Admiralty
American-based O’Neill may be a swimwear brand you’re unfamiliar with, but should know about. The label is across the globe for specialist surfing gear like leggings, hoodies, gloves, wetsuits and boots designed for serious surfers. We also love their range of bikinis available in a range of cute patterns fit for any beach bum.
For something a little more bespoke, look no further than Ribgy & Peller. Priding itself in the market for stocking high-end styles, the British lingerie specialist also offers a range of tasteful swimwear that are beautifully made, perfectly fitted and oh so soft. Shop from a range of labels like Primdaonna Swim, but be prepared to splash out HKD$2,000 for a two piece set.
Wan Chai & Causeway Bay
Buried behind all the quirky gems and handbags is a small beachwear section in Accessorize. Just like the accessories, the swimwear is playful and fun with lots of embellishment to channel your inner bohemian goddess. There’s also some incredibly basic designs in block colours for those who prefer something more mellow.
New Zealand’s go-to swimwear label Lonely Hearts Label offers beautiful bikinis and pretty one-pieces in neutral tones like black, grey and white to flatter all body shapes. You can buy pieces from the collection at Pretty Little Shop in Causeway Bay.
German based Watercult is another brand putting a unique spin on classic swimwear. Designed for the sexy beach babe, the bikinis are made using fabrics sourced in Germany. Looking to find a bikini top with the best fit for your beach body? Sizes come in cup sizes with built-in moulding to add shape and support to flatter your frame. A selection from the label is stocked at Private Shop on Ying Ping Road.
Zara’s sister brand OYSHO offers a full swimwear range for the aquatic babes looking for modest and flattering coverage (no string bikinis here!). Just like the Zara lady, Oysho is all about staying fashion forward, so expect to see a few cheeky details like lattice-side bikini bottoms and cut-out swimsuits that show just the right amount of skin.